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Official Publication of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 1186, AFL-CIO

Volume XXXIV No. 5 October 2010


By Damien Kim Business Manager­Financial Secretary

Business Manager's Message ENDING OF ELECTION 2010

IBEW HAWAII is the official publication of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 1186, AFL-CIO, 1935 Hau Street, Room 401, Honolulu, Hawaii 96819, Phone (808) 847-5341. Damien Kim Business Manager-Financial Secretary Peter Akamu President / Assistant Business Manager (Telecommunications) Tracy Hayashi Vice President / Assistant Business Manager (Construction) Dennis Kaloi Recording Secretary / Organizer / Compliance (Construction) Michael Tanaka Treasurer John Nash Executive Board - Unit 1 Terry Uyehara Executive Board - Unit 1 Scot Ah Yuen Executive Board - Unit 2 Alan Kimoto Executive Board - Unit 2 Dalmas Jones Executive Board - At Large Eric Okazaki Executive Board - At Large Keith Yamashiro Executive Board - At Large Leonard Egdamin Referral Agent (Construction) Donn dela Cruz Business Representative (Big Island) Ray Shimabuku Business Representative (Maui) Richard Jose Business Representative (Kauai) Ron Henderson Business Representative (Telecommunications) Jon Carroll Business Representative (Federal Sector Unit 2) Brian Lee Research & Communications Director Examining Board William Chang Don Minatoya Lyle Miyahira Eli Tangonan Brian Uyeno

ovember 2 nd will end our 2010 Election Year and "Oh what a year it's been" so far. With the Primary over and the General coming up, we need to keep the momentum going. We must not let up, and remember to get out and vote on November 2nd. Neil Abercrombie has continued to lead in the polls but it is very close. Like in the Primary, we need to come out and show that we all believe that Abercrombie can lead this State and put us back to work. In the First Congressional District, Colleen Hanabusa is leading Charles Djou, despite his slanderous commercials. Djou's short term in Congress shows that he is not voting for what the people in Hawaii want, but what his Republican Party wants. How soon he forgets whom he represents. We also need to get our candidates elected in other close races, including: Richard Turbin in Honolulu City Council District 4 (Waikiki, Waialae, Hawaii Kai), Pohai Ryan in State Senate District 25 (Kailua ­ Hawaii Kai), Ty Cullen in State House District 41 (Waipahu ­ Waikele), Jason Bradshaw in State House District 43 (Ewa Beach ­ Puuloa), and Alan Arakawa for Maui County Mayor.


". . . we want to help the Guam government to train their workers . . . ."

NAVFAC Labor Committee that is responsible for their military contracts. As you are aware, the United States military will be moving its Okinawa military base to Guam, thus creating work for the next five to six years there. Our involvement is to try to organize the manpower there by requiring Project Labor Agreements (PLA) for those military projects. We know they work and we want to help the Guam government to train their workers through apprenticeship programs in Guam. We have found that they don't have the skills that we have for the IBEW Journeyperson. Implementing the National Electrical Code (NEC) and our Hawaii State licensing laws will help build a much safer military base for our soldiers. Using foreign labor to build our U.S. military bases doesn't make sense. The challenge however, is the DavisBacon rate in Guam. Currently the rate for electricians there is $15.45 as of September 2010 as posted. That's with no fringes, and the cost of living there is very close to Hawaii's. The government has re-surveyed the wages there but has yet to post the new rates--let's hope it's higher. I will keep you abreast of the situation as we know more.


Starting January 1, 2011 the Hawaii Electricians Health & Welfare Fund will be moving from HMA to HMAA. Prescription drugs will be filled by CVS Pharmacy (Longs Drugs). The Health Care Reform Act required us to make some changes to our policies. Our $350,000 annual cap will increase to $750,000, which includes prescriptions, formerly capped at $3,000. We will also raise the dependent coverage age from 23 to 26, so be sure to re-register your personal history cards with us for the changes. These changes will have a financial impact on our Health & Welfare Trust Fund. We need to maintain our health, take our physicals, and exercise daily. Let's stay healthy for your family's sake.


Yo u r A m e r i c a n I n c o m e L i f e Insurance Cards were mailed to you last month. Don't forget to sign the cards and return it to get your free $3,500 accidental death benefit. We will be holding a canned goods drive for our members that are out of work. Bring in your canned goods and non-perishable items to the next Union meeting in November, or you can drop them off to Kimberly Lehano's office located on the 3rd floor in the Administrative office. The General Election is on November 2nd, so please get out and vote. Polls open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


National Building & Construction Trades Council President Mark Ayers recently chose Hawaii Plumbers Union Business Manager Reggie Castanares and I to to meet in Guam with the Navy's 2

ON THE COVER: Local 1186 families enjoy Union Picnics held over the summer on Oahu, Kona, Maui, and Kauai.

Project Labor Agreements Make a Federal Case

PLAs to deliver win-win contracts for land ork is continuing on the Prince on important large projects with critical owners, developers, labor unions, and conKuhio Federal Building on deadlines. struction craftspersons in Hawaii. Punchbowl and Ala Moana In recent years, projects in Hawaii Boulevard. The phased project is estimated The Hawaii Building & Construction covered by PLA's included hospital work, to eventually cost $121 million and employ Trades Council (HBCTC) has been at the Honolulu Rail Transit Project, Hunt/ over 200 construction workers over the the forefront of all the PLAs negotiated Actus/Forest City military housing projects, duration of the four-year project. in Hawaii, and your IBEW Local 1186 Kamehameha Schools' Kakaako redevelBusiness Manager-Financial Secretary While construction Damien Kim, who is signage points out the also the current HBCTC project is being paid for Financial Secretary, has by stimulus funds from been instrumental in reviewthe American Recovery ing and approving contract and Reinvestment Act, language for all the recent most people are not Project Labor Agreements aware the project is being in Hawaii. built under a Union negotiated Project Labor These agreements Agreement (PLA). ensure that all these large current and future construcWith the help of tion projects will be done President Obama and by electrical contractors United States Senator signatory to Local 1186 Daniel Inouye, the and employing Local 1186 Hawaii Building and members at union pay rates Construction Trades and benefits. To continue unions quietly negotito enjoy these contracts and ated a PLA with general benefits, it is up to us to contractor Swinerton keep our skills up to date Builders that ensures all the work would be done Sitting left: Swinerton Hawaii Division Manager George Ehara and Hawaii and to deliver the best posonly by union signatory Building Trades leaders are all smiles after successfully negotiating a Project sible work effort every day. contractors, subcontrac- Labor Agreement for the Prince Kuhio Federal Building Renovation Project. Please continue to do tors and with union labor. your part in making Project Labor Agreements a successful tool to meet These special PLA contracts, which opments, and DR Horton-Schuler Homes the needs of workers, contractors, develophave been supported by the U.S. Supreme residential subdivision projects, to name a ers, and government entities in Hawaii for Court, ensure a steady work force on longfew. Billions of dollars in large-scale contoday and tomorrow. term projects and prevent labor disruptions struction projects have taken advantage of


he master-planned community of Hoopili on the Ewa Plains was recently approved for go-ahead by the State Land Use Commission and will be built under a long-term Labor Agreement signed between DR Horton-Schuler Homes Hawaii and labor unions from the Hawaii Building & Construction Trades Council. The Hoopili residential community project consists of several phases covering over 10,000 homes and includes commercial projects, community amenities, schools, and health care facilities to be built over 20 years. The project will be developed over 1,500 acres of empty land just west of the Costco in Waipio. Ho'opili will connect Ewa Beach, Waipahu, Makakilo & Kapolei, and will feature a mix of affordable & market rate homes. There are also plans to tie the project into Transit Oriented Developments (TOD) and leverage the construction of the planned Honolulu Rail Transit Project running through the area. When the project


Labor Agreement Reached with Schuler Homes

starts, the union labor agreement will ensure the work is done by skilled trades workers from Hawaii's labor unions, and allow Schuler to deliver quality homes for Hawaii residents to enjoy for generations to come.

Sitting far right: DR Horton-Schuler Homes President Mike Jones and the Hawaii Building & Construction Trades Council commemorate reaching a Labor Agreement covering over 10,000 homes, including the Hoopili Project on the Ewa Plains. Our Brother Damien Kim, the HBCTC Financial Secretary, is seated on the far left. 3


ith the passage of SB2325 this past legislative session requiring licensed electricians and plumbers to visibly display their Journeyman licenses on the job site, IBEW Local 1186 has taken the lead in implementing the new law. L o c a l 11 8 6 s t a f f drafted the initial legal language and worked cooperatively with the State Board of Electricians and Plumbers, the Contractors License Board, the Hawaii Plumbers Union, and various legislators and contracting agencies to pass this key legislation into law to help homeowners, government inspectors, and general contractors to enforce the existing state laws requiring licensed electricians and plumbers. These state laws, which existed to protect public safety and offer consumer





protection, have long required half (50%) of all workers performing electrical or plumbing work to be licensed by the state of Hawaii. This license is a trade worker license required of every individual journeyman performing the work on the field, and is in addition to the contractors license required for the company to operate in the state of Hawaii. SB2325 was drafted by Local 11 8 6 t o h e l p make it easy for homeowners and government enforcement agencies to quickly identify worker compliance with existing state laws, which previously had been difficult to enforce. Just like how simply working at a doctor's office doesn't mean a secretary in the office can operate or prescribe medi-

cine, or just as not everyone working for an airline is authorized to fly an airplane, the Hawaii electrical and plumbing journeyman is conveyed a special authority. The visible license requirement proves he or she has passed the state-administered test which permits him or her to safely perform complex and dangerous electrical work in Hawaii. Please do your part to protect your craft and the safety of the public by taking the lead in following the new state law. Always visibly wear your license on the job site or you may be cited. Local 1186 staff has been visiting job sites and contractor shops as permitted, but if you have not gotten your badge holder (clip on or armband) or laminated your license, stop by the Union office on your island and get it done. SB2325 / Act 28 was signed into law effective April 2010.

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C i r c u i t s

fter being plagued by rising electrical energy costs, St. The retrofit project started in July and continued for three Theresa Principal of School Mrs. Mary Jean Buza Sims full weekends of Saturdays and Sundays. The job that was done and Maintenance Chairperson Matt Taeza requested required rewiring and relamping about 350 existing four-foot fixinformation from Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) to tures. The new technology L.E.D. bulbs presented a new challenge help with rising energy costs. On the request for help, KIUC's for even the 1186 volunteers, because these fixtures needed to be Energy Wise Program director Paul Daniels came out to the school rewired at the sockets to direct 110 volts to the bulbs, and the balto give some consultation, and to help make suggestions on what lasts are bypassed and are not required. After the last work day was the school needed to do to be more completed and every light tested, energy efficient. the staff of St. Theresa thanked all the volunteers and provided lunch Mr. Daniels suggested a proand drinks for everyone. The gram in which the school as a nonschool principal recognized the profit would possibly qualify for a importance of having QUALIFIED grant that KIUC sponsors to help ELECTRICIANS from 1186 on pay for a percentage of the costs the project. As a token of the of energy retrofit projects. After school's appreciation they let me taking a look at the school's power fly our IBEW Local 1186 banner needs, Daniels recommended sevto show our commitment to voluneral retrofit suggestions by showteering for community projects. ing a graph on the types of bulbs and ballasts needed, and the costs I'd personally like to thank of each retrofit project. The graphs our members that volunteered indicated that the most expensive their time and helped me with this solution, a $30,000 L.E.D. bulb most important community projretrofit, was the best solution for ect. Brothers Alfred, Albert, L-R: Matt Taeza, Richard Jose, Robert Sims, Alfred Cacatian, Marlo, and Justin. Also I'd like the ongoing energy problem. Albert Zamora, Justin Kashiwabara, and Marlo Caoagas. to mention the maintenance staff That's when I received a call that did a really great job: Matt from Principal Mary Jean and the Taeza, Robert, and Uncle Bill, maintenance committee requesting my recommendation on the difwho raved, "the project was completely accomplished by the loving ferent retrofit solutions. After discussions on the different retrofit generosity of the island people! Hallelujah! So once again many, projects, the decision was made to go with the L.E.D. selection many thanks to you and your crew in making a dream come true! because the IBEW could help with the coordination and manpower Mahalo and God's Richest Blessings be with you all." needs to do the job and see it to its completion. With that recomRichard Jose mendation, the Principal, Committee, and Church agreed to work to secure the KIUC grant and proceed with the project. Kauai Business Representative


IBEW Helps Make Kauai Retrofit at St. Theresa School a Reality

Maui's Waihee School Parking Lot No Longer Stalled


ast year, for Labor's Summer Community Services project, backpack hangers were installed on outside walls of Waihee School classrooms. This year repainting stall lines in three parking lots (and at the drop-off area) was top priority on Waihee School's wish list. The other tasks were to repaint the handicap stall logos and stencil each stall with "VISITOR" or "RESERVED" markings. Labor came through again to make Waihee School's wish a reality come true. Volunteers representing several unions gathered bright and early at 7:00 a.m. near the office of Waihee School in late August. As they patiently waited for the leaf blowers to quit, signaling the finish of that phase of the job, everyone enjoyed breakfast edibles provided by Labor's Community Services. Then each person picked up a roller, a paint brush, a paint tray, a template, or a broom, and went straight to work painting diligently until the job was done. We overheard the Principal say its been six to eight years since the parking lot lines had been repainted . . . Well, it looked it! When the painting was completed, the lots looked crisp, fresh, and a sight to be proud of. Big mahalos to all who came out to help. We also appreciated Waihee School for their hospitality and for providing bento lunches to our volunteers. Lena Staton Ray Shimabuku AFL-CIO Community Maui Business Representative Service Liaison

L-R: Wela Hewahewa, Paul Whittemore and Cody Watanabe. 5

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Kauai & Big Island Graduates Make the Grade


Kauai, Hawaii -- The Kauai Graduation for the Inside Wireperson Apprenticeship Class of 2009 was held at the Sheraton Kauai Resort in Poipu Beach recently, with live music by Shilo Pa. This event marked a new stage in these men's lives, as they have Kauai Graduates, front L-R: Alan Matsumoto, Raym undergone five years Jerves, Shiler Sugimura, Duane Curammeng; back row of vigorous schooling in L-R: Marlo Caoagas, Justin Kashiwabara, Travis Sumida, Alapai Schrader, and JATC Sub-Committee Members order to graduate from an Ronald Sakoda & Ralph Tokuda. Apprenticeship Program which demands committing out more than forty million dollars in ment, quick thinking, dexterity, strength capital improvement projects over the and more much. The Kauai apprenticenext year . . . projects include installation of new playgrounds and park equipment, road resurfacing, waste water facility upgrades, neighborhood center improvements, lining retrofits and much more." The graduates, one-by-one, were called to the front of the stage to accept their diplomas. The smiles on their faces and laughter amongst them spread a warm feeling throughout the lively event hall. Peter Akamu, President of LU 1186, summed the event up wonderfully when he said, "Apprentices today are closing one chapter of the book of life and opening another new chapter - and with that new chapter comes independence, responsibilities and a lot more learning." Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Live music was provided by Na Moku, a group of three highly recommended local musicians whose debut album will be coming out in a few months. The entire graduating class attended the ceremony, exemplifying their zeal for participation and attendance. The banquet room was beautifully decorated - from the intricately arranged exotic fruit platter to the colorful orchid arrangements set as centerpieces at each table. Lunch was a grandiose buffet of seared mahi mahi, fresh island greens, pork chops and chicken katsu followed by a delicious array of desserts like blueberry cheesecake and pecan pie.

The Big Island Graduates celebrate their achievements with the support of their families. However, the highlight of the celebration was the graduating class - a class which has shown remarkable dedication and persistence throughout the five years they have been a part of the apprenticeship program. Classes are held at the Hilo Community College campus every Saturday for eight months out of the year. Apprentices who live in Kona drive almost four hours roundtrip to Hilo to attend classes on these days. Despite this commute, this apprenticeship class has a history of almost 100% attendance which truly shows their dedication and determination.

The Kauai Graduates take the stage to receive their recognition. ship graduates stand-out because they are humble and hard-working; representing the kind of workers and individuals who give their very best despite being faced with difficult tasks and decisions. Kauai Business Representative Richard Jose spoke highly of the graduates, "Each individual was pushed to the test and faced numerous challenges in this industry in the toughest economic times I have seen . . . these apprentices will be the new leaders of our ever-changing industry." Keynote speaker, Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho, Jr., expressed his appreciation for LU 1186 as one of the first unions to come forward in support of him when he ran for Mayor. He gave an inspiring speech of encouragement which shed positive light on the future of Kauai in regards to projects which will open opportunities in the electrical field. "We're going to need all of you because signs show that the economy will be getting better . . . Our county will be put6

Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho congratulates the IBEW Graduates with Local 1186 Business Manager Damien Kim.


The Big Island Inside Wireperson Apprenticeship graduation for the class of 2009 was held on recently at the Big Island State Senator Dwight Takamine joins Brother Kim in celebrating the accomplishments of the recent graduates.

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In the below picture, is the structu ral metal buildi ng able to be used as an equip ment grounding conductor as shown?

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Kauai & Big Island Graduates

These young graduates seem to understand that the steps they have been taking during these past five years, despite the hard economic times, have amounted to a future full of new and more expansive possibilities. Peter Akamu, President & Assistant Business Manager for LU 1186, echoed this sentiment when he spoke these words: "Learning really does open the door to other opportunities." Keynote speaker, State Senator Dwight Takamine, who has been in the legislature since 1984 and whose father was involved in the ILWU, also spoke of the important tools that learning provides: "This apprenticeship program - what does that mean? Big Island Graduates, L-R: James Sonognini, Ben It means that you have Bautista, Jr., Abraham Guerra, III, Owen Kaneshiro, more knowledge than you Matthew Wilson, Randal Mamac, and La'amai Pokipala. did before, it means that

Answer: Building framing members are not permitte d as the equipment grounding conductor for A.C. equipment per Section 250.136(A).

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IBEW Local 1186 will once again be doing our share of community service and donations to needy members and families in the community. In addition to canned goods and other nonperishable items, we are asking for unwanted, but gently used toys, books, and other children's gifts. Please contact Kim Lehano at 846-2323 or [email protected]

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you have a higher level of skills than you did before, it means what you have, your capacity, is more marketable. You have more value and that means that you can provide more to your loved ones - plain and simple." These graduation ceremonies were truly unique in the depth of support by loved ones and the close-knit structure of these apprenticeship classes. Congratulations and best of luck in the future to the Kauai and Hawaii Class of 2009 Inside Wireperson Apprenticeship Graduates. We look forward to hearing from you in the future and seeing the extent of your hard-earned knowledge in action. Mimi Sroat Hawaii Electricians Training Fund 7

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Staying Connected



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Maui, Big Island and Kauai Meeting Dates

KONA: December 2, 2010 Thurs. 5:00 p.m., OTEC Gateway Center HILO: December 7, 2010 Tuesday, 5:00 p.m., HCC Cafeteria KAUAI: December 14, 2010 Tuesday, 4:30 p.m., KCC Dining Hall MAUI: December 16, 2010 Thursday, 4:30 p.m., Maui Office

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In Memoriam

Our deepest sympathies and condolences are conveyed to the families of the following members who recently passed away:

Donald D. Buell · Danny M. Kato, Jr. · Ray H. Kawaguchi · Bruce J. Nishihara · Jeff W. Tyler

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